Others totally do this! That’s actually why I chose to publish the post that showed women who’ve lost 10-30 lbs with hCG because I get lots of women who want to lose 15-20lbs. 10 less often, but definitely 15-20lbs frequently comes up.
Here is our post that shows all our interviews who’ve lost between 10-30lbs with hCG.
Since I have been in this boat myself – my 5th round was definitely a vanity round since it took me from a regular bodyfat percent to a fit bodyfat percent and I was definitely not overweight anymore before I began it, I do have a couple things to say about it.
It has to be really really important to you, or you just won’t be able to stick with it.
Doing hCG when you’re only 10 lbs overweight is not the same experience as doing the hCG diet when you are 50 lbs overweight. From what Robin Woodall said in her excellent book on the hCG diet, it seems that for leaner people, hCG just can’t stimulate enough leptin to create the same non-hunger effect as in someone more overweight. High leptin levels is what makes you feel unhungry, and Robin feels that is the hormone hCG is acting on that creates that no-hunger effect in us. This means that even on the best dosage of hCG, you may feel hungrier all the time, and you may need to increase your calories to make it bearable.
I have heard from people who felt that hCG caused an eating disorder for them, because they were in a state like this for too long where they felt starving and would binge. This is not a good place to find yourself in and yet still pushing to make it work.
So it needs to be important to you enough to deal with being uncomfortable (because even if you aren’t hungry anymore, living on 800 calories a day with no fat and no indulgences still sucks), but also combined with being wise about it and increasing your calories and being okay with a slower pace of weight loss to reach your goal. It can easily just feel NOT worth it. When you are having to exhibit so much self control on the diet every day, it’s easy to just be like, “I don’t really care about this! I look pretty great right now, why am I even doing this?” I thought those very words to myself on my 2nd round actually. It was only majorly screwing up that adjusted my mind and made me realize that I really did want it.
And it’s OKAY if it’s not that important to you. We don’t have to look like models. We can be average and beautiful that way! If you really do want to reach that vanity goal, you can utilize hCG for it, but you just have to know going in that it’s going to be slow and you have to feel super committed to it. I almost feel like suggesting you not weigh on such a round so that you can’t tie your success to the scale because it will not be nearly as fast as for someone more overweight, and sometimes it’s those numbers that keep us motivated, something you will have less of. I have an article on that in case you are interested:
I hope this helps you get an idea!